Thrillers & Suspense

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Yellow River Pledge Review - Honestly Austen

Dr. Jordan Chamberlain is a successful, beautiful, young medical examiner with the perfect husband, the perfect life, and perfect friends. Somewhat of a whiz, kid, she’s younger than most Medical Examiners and enjoys a bit of glamour whenever her forensic data is sent to trial. To an outside observer, Jordan has it all, until that is, her husband, Jason, announces without warning that he doesn’t want to be married anymore and Jordan’s perfect life crashes and burns around her.

Jordan buries herself even deeper in her work, temporarily embarking on a career consulting with the FBI’s Violent Crimes Division under the careful eye of college friends turned colleagues, who support her during her as she tries to rebuild her life.

Her future, however, is about to be compromised once more when she becomes the target of the serial killer she’s been pursuing.

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Yellow River Pledge Review - Lisa Writopia

Dr. Jordan Chamberlain seems to have it all—the perfect life, husband, friends, and career A young and successful medical examiner, she is chasing a serial killer while still working other cases. From the clues she gathers from the corpses, it seems clear that the killer is a guy.

Jordan’s husband announces to her one day that he no longer wants to be married. Of course, this puts her in shock. She hadn’t seen any signs that their marriage was in trouble.

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Childrens’ Literature

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Ms. Abrams Everything Garden
"Starting a brand new school or entering a new classroom can wreak havoc on a little one's psyche. Ms. Abrams' Everything Garden tells the story of a young child entering a new class where none of the children each other. The teacher decides to involve the students in a garden project and over the course of the harvesting season, they not only grow a garden, but new friendsships as well."

Adult Fiction

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The Town Time Forgot
"The Town Time Forgot has something for everyone. There’s mystery, romance, time travel, and history, all combined to create a book that readers won’t soon forget as U.S. Marshal Devon McKenzie and NYC Detective Chris Gates are transporting a well-known prisoner along the interstate. The two have never gotten along and are squabbling as usual when their prisoner is forcefully removed from their custody. Their vehicle is wrecked and the officers are injured. This all happens on a night when the Aurora Borealis is at its brightest. Devon and Chris spend the next three days surviving in an isolated wilderness area. When they come upon a farmer, they discover they’ve been transported back in time to 1869 Nebraska. Devon and Chris are assumed to be a married couple, so they play along until they can figure out how to get back to their own time. Three months pass and the two fall in love, but will they spend the rest of their lives in the past – or will they make it home –"

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The Town Time Forgot - Lisa Writopia

While growing up in the rural countryside of Kentucky, I was surrounded by an eclectic group of family and friends. My earliest recollections are of living in the little white house on Orchard Avenue in Louisville. Luckily, the house next door was occupied by my aunt, uncle, and cousins. We spent our days knee-deep in lip syncing to our favorite songs by the Partridge Family, the Osmonds, and the Defranco Family. Hours and hours passed as we put an old black boxlike tape recorder to good use as we self-recorded song after song. When we weren’t singing or choreographing dance routines to the songs, Barbie doll and her friends took up the rest of our time.

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Journeys Review - Honestly Austen

Goodreads Synopsis

Caren Rivers never really considered the busy lives of the drivers who passed through her toll booth. Some she encountered frequently, daily, as they moved from place to place along their journey. Others, she doubted she’d ever see again.

She’d always wondered what made them chose one route over another. Was the obvious choice to engage the shortest line or was it the interaction with a familiar face? Is the journey of a life simply a multitude of potential pathways affected by points of intersection?

What was her journey going to be now that her husband and son were gone? These were the questions that kept her awake at night. Journeys is the story of nine travelers making their way along life’s roadway and how these lives once connected, remain a part of one another for all time.

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Sanctuary Road - Lisa Writopia

Dayna’s musician husband has left her for another woman, one who is pregnant with his child. While waiting for her divorce to be finalized, she returns home to the small town of Cedarwood, Kentucky, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of New York City. But will her life in Cedarwood be any less stressful?

Her young life had been rough, so reconnecting with her brother—her parents are dead—won’t be easy, but it is something she feels the need to do.

Does Dayna really know anyone in her hometown? Secrets hidden from her for so long will open her eyes to the hard truth about her family.

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About the Author

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Lisa Colodny – Writing Strong Women: When is it too Much? - Lisa Writopia

When I was younger and wrote stories centered around the women in my life, most times, my mom, grandmothers, aunts, or cousins were the focal point. And although as a child, I wouldn’t have pegged them as such, they were and are incredibly strong women.

My maternal grandmother raised six children to adulthood, pretty much as a single parent. It’s true they didn’t have much, especially since she steered away from jobs that took her out of the home and away from her children. Instead, she supported them by accepting tasks that she could complete while at home. As a result, all her children grew into strong, competent, and caring members of society. My paternal grandmother buried four of her seven children, two as infants and two as young adults. Yet I remember the time I spent at her house as a child to be filled with love and laughter. It wasn’t until I was an adult myself that I understood the weight of the emotional burden she bore.

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